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Air Canada Adding Lebanon-Confirmed

Wed May 21, 2003 5:56 pm

AC are starting Montreal-Beirut in June, the thrice weekly seasonal service will use a 767-300, great, I thought it was going to be just code share on some other airline.

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RE: Air Canada Adding Lebanon-Confirmed

Thu May 22, 2003 1:40 am

Well it survived the first round of cuts Air Canada made. Rome was to begin as well but it got axed. By what I hear bookings to Beirut are goive very well. AC originally asked for 4 flights a week but the Canadian government limited them to three.. It's a natural link to Montreal where there is quite a significant Lebanese community.
 
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RE: Air Canada Adding Lebanon-Confirmed

Thu May 22, 2003 1:44 am

Why would it be in the interests of the gov't to limit how many flights AC put on a certain route? I would have thought AC would know what was best for them, not some idiotic gov't employee. No wonder Canadian airlines don't make money.
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flyyul
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RE: Air Canada Adding Lebanon-Confirmed

Thu May 22, 2003 2:10 am

This flight has been programmed in the res systems by mid-march.. why is it all of sudden "confirmed"?

Air Canada original intention was to fly a same 767-300 that would do 3 weekly FCO 3 weekly BEY...

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RE: Air Canada Adding Lebanon-Confirmed

Thu May 22, 2003 2:14 am

why is it all of sudden "confirmed"?

Probably because justplanes.com finally got down to reporting it!  Smile
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RE: Air Canada Adding Lebanon-Confirmed

Thu May 22, 2003 2:15 am

why is it all of sudden "confirmed"?

Good question. What is the purpose of this thread? AC announced this service some time ago.


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flyyul
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RE: Air Canada Adding Lebanon-Confirmed

Thu May 22, 2003 2:35 am

I find it particularly odd....

That all of a sudden AC is interested in this route, given the middle east tensions, given that many a terrorist attack has occured. Yet, these flights will still leave full the majority of the time.

Why wasnt AC on this route earlier? its not like all of a sudden Lebanese people decided to fly back to Beirut and vice versa?

AC has been talking about this route since 1996.... 7 years later all of a sudden it has profit potential  Big thumbs up

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RE: Air Canada Adding Lebanon-Confirmed

Thu May 22, 2003 3:48 am

Perhaps now is the best time to add YUL-BEY. With Euro airlines reducing flights to NA and to the Middle East, perhaps all load factors into BEY are high. Also, perhaps after years of turmoil, BEY is booming in relative peace now.

Either way, let's hope AC proceeds with this route.

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spyderz
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RE: Air Canada Adding Lebanon-Confirmed

Thu May 22, 2003 4:02 am

I heard rumours that since YUL-FCO is dropped, the route might be served with an internationally configured 763 instead of the intended domestic 763.
 
salim
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RE: Air Canada Adding Lebanon-Confirmed

Thu May 22, 2003 4:38 am

They were intending to serve this ~11h route with a domestic 763, without reclining biz seat etc??
 
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RE: Air Canada Adding Lebanon-Confirmed

Thu May 22, 2003 5:47 am

The route will indeed now be served with an international 767.
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RE: Air Canada Adding Lebanon-Confirmed

Thu May 22, 2003 6:29 am

With Euro airlines reducing flights to NA and to the Middle East, perhaps all load factors into BEY are high.

Actually, they are increasing to BEY. I can't think of any Euro carrier that is reducing service to Beirut.

British Airways is increasing BEY from 8x weekly to 11x weekly. KLM from 5x weekly to daily. Austrian is coming back at 3x weekly. Air France upgrading the daily flight to a 777 instead of a mix of A330s, A340s and 777s. It goes on.

Overall however, the Beirut market is improving dramatically which is probably why Air Canada felt now is the best time to start the route.

I hope it becomes year-round. I guess it's possible if loads continue to stay strong.

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